CleanBC Communities Fund

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About the fund

The CleanBC Communities Fund (CCF) provides provincial and federal funding for community infrastructure projects that reduce reliance on fossil fuels. The fund supports cost-shared infrastructure projects that focus on management of renewable energy, improved access to clean-energy transportation, improved energy efficiency of buildings and the generation of clean energy.

The CCF is a component of the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s (ICIP) Green Infrastructure – Climate Change Mitigation sub-stream, with an overall focus on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The first two intakes under the program provided up to $109 million in support of clean community projects across B.C. 

  • 2019 - The first intake invested $54 million provincial-federal funding in 16 projects, with an additional $8 million still to be allocated.
  • 2020/2021 - The second intake closed in November 2020 and committed up to $47 million in provincial-federal funding. Funding decisions are expected soon.

CCF FUNDED PROJECTS

Application information

The third intake of the CleanBC Communities Fund releases a new round of funding of up to $134 million (combined federal and provincial funding), starting January 26, 2022.

Eligible applicants 

The CleanBC Communities Fund is open to:

  • Local governments
  • Indigenous governments
  • Not-for-profit organizations working in collaboration with Indigenous or local governments
  • For-profit organizations working in collaboration with Indigenous or local governments

Federal and provincial contributions vary depending on the type of applicant. See full funding details and eligibility criteria in the CleanBC Communities Fund Program Guide (PDF).

Applicants must confirm their ability to cost-share their project contributions and demonstrate their ability to maintain and operate the infrastructure over the expected lifetime. 

Project outcomes

Projects must result in measurable greenhouse gas reductions (GHG) and climate change mitigation in B.C. communities.

Eligible projects will improve or build new tangible physical infrastructure, primarily for public use and benefit. Routine maintenance and repair projects are not eligible.

 Projects must meet at least one of the following outcomes to be considered eligible under the program:

  • Outcome 1: Increased capacity to manage renewable energy
  • Outcome 2: Increased access to clean energy transportation
  • Outcome 3: Increased energy efficiency of buildings
  • Outcome 4: Increased generation of clean energy

Projects should be completed by March 31, 2027.

APPLY FOR FUNDING

Resources

Additional resources and information to support communities during the application process for the CleanBC Communities Fund include: 

Webinars

  • Introductory webinar | Slide deck (PDF, 1MB)
    Learn more about the CleanBC Communities Fund program eligibility, objectives, application requirements, and tips from program staff and previously successful applicants to help strengthen your application submission. 
  • GHG Methodology webinar | Slide deck (PDF, 857KB)
    Gain a deeper understanding of the greenhouse gas (GHG) assessment process and evaluation criteria, learn about best practices for generating baseline and project emissions scenarios, and a chance for Q&A.
  • Innovation and Resilience webinar | Slide deck (PDF, 2.1MB)
    Learn how you can integrate innovation and climate resilience into your CleanBC Communities Fund application submission.